The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club by Peter Hook

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The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club

 

“Told in Hook’s uproarious and uncompromising voice, The Hacienda is a funny, horrifying, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naïveté, and greed.”

 

The acclaimed and wildly outlandish inside account of England’s most notorious music club, The Hacienda, from Peter Hook, the New York Times bestselling author of Unknown Pleasures and co-founder of Joy Division and New Order—a story of music, gangsters, drugs, and violence, available for the first time in the United States.

During the 1980s, The Hacienda would become one of the most famous venues in the history of clubbing—a celebrated cultural watershed alongside Studio 54, CBGBS, and The Whiskey—until its tragic demise. Founded by New Order and Factory Records, The Hacienda hosted gigs by such legendary acts as the Stone Roses, the Smiths, Bauhaus, Grandmaster Flash, Run DMC, Kurtis Blow, and Happy Mondays; gave birth to the “Madchester” scene; became the cathedral for acid house; and laid the tracks for rave culture and today’s electronic dance music. But over the course of its fifteen-year run, “Madchester” descended into “Gunchester” as gangs, drugs, greed, and a hostile police force decimated the dream.

Told in Hook’s uproarious and uncompromising voice, The Hacienda is a funny, horrifying, and outlandish story of success, idealism, naïveté, and greed—of an incredible time and place that would change the face and sound of modern music. The Hacienda or, Fac 51 as it was recorded on Factory Records index of projects, was a mere stone throw from our Manchester HQ in the 1990’s.

Read our book review on The Hacienda here

If you’re interested in the Manchester music scene, we also recommend: Factory by Mick Middles and 24 Hour Party by Tony Wilson



Of the great cities in the UK, there are few, if any, that can match the musical creativity and output of Manchester. With a history of rebellion and innovation, Manchester was one of the great centres of Northern Soul, a big punk player, the Post Punk capital, home to the Hacienda club, an Oasis of indie rock and a raving Madchester.

With bands like The Blinders, Cabbage Band, Man Made and Pale Waves there is no shortage of new talent from Undergrounds hometown. We have curated a collection of books that reflect the music culture of the city from Joy Division to The Buzzcocks, Factory Records and The Hacienda to Kevin Cummins, Oasis and the Stone Roses.

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